Blues hold on, beat Flames 3-2
CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames showed some push-back, but left St. Louis feeling blue.
After spotting the St. Louis Blues a three-goal lead after 40 minutes, the Flames battled back to within one before falling 3-2 at Scottrade Center on Thursday.
The Blues have won five of their past six games and improve to 10-2-2 on the season while Calgary (6-8-2), winless in their past two outings, conclude a four-game, seven-day road trip against the Colorado Avalanche on Friday.
The Flames almost dug themselves out of a hole in the final 20 minutes.
With his first of the season, Tim Jackman shoveled a backhand over Brian Elliott at 4:41 to cut the lead to 3-1, breaking the goaltender’s shutout bid and ending his personal streak at 111:35.
Mike Cammalleri trimmed the Blues lead again just over 10 minutes later. The 31-year-old collected a Chris Butler rebound and buried it into the upper portion of the net for his fifth of the season to made it 3-2 at 14:49.
But it was as close as the Flames would get after a power play in the late stages of the game and another try with starter Reto Berra on the bench for the extra attacker went unsuccessful.
The Flames found themselves in a hole early in the first period, giving up a power play goal to the Blues just 3:01 into the game.
After Alex Pietrangelo hit the cross bar earlier in the man advantage, Jaden Schwartz found former Flames defenceman Jay Bouwmeester alone in the slot. Berra was able to get a pad on Bouwmeester’s initial shot but Vladimir Tarasenko made no mistake burying the rebound to give St. Louis the 1-0 lead.
Maxim Lapierre extended the lead to two. Parked just outside the crease, Lapierre deflected Jordan Leopold’s shot over the glove of Berra to give the Blues a 2-0 lead at 10:17.
With 1:45 remaining in the period, Alex Steen tried to put the Blues up three, but the toe of Berra denied his deke.
But Steen wouldn’t be stopped in the second period. Left alone in the slot, Steen made good on another deke, lifting the puck over Berra for his National Hockey League leading 14th goal of the year to give St. Louis a 3-0 lead at 5:55.
Down by three, TJ Galiardi tried pulling the Flames closer. After consecutive wrap-around attempts went unsuccessful, Elliott again denied Galiardi after a nifty feed from behind the net courtesy Max Reinhart, leaving the Flames scoreless through 40 minutes.
GOAL OF THE GAME
After Elliott kicked Butler’s rebound onto the stick of Cammalleri, the 31-year-old made no mistake in burying it at 14:49 of the third period for his fifth goal of the season.
SAVE OF THE GAME
Berra temporarily kept the Flames within two in the first period, robbing Steen with a toe save off a deke from the Blues forward with just 1:45 remaining in the frame.
Steen’s league-leading 14th goal of the season put the Flames down deep in the second period, a margin they weren’t able to dig themselves out of before falling in the third period.
STAT OF THE GAME
David Jones led the Flames in hits against the Blues with four. He was also perfect in the faceoff circle, winning all three of his draws.
Sven Baertschi and Derek Smith were healthy scratches for Calgary against the Blues. Curtis Glencross (MCL sprain), Mark Giordano (broken ankle), Lee Stempniak (broken foot) and Christopher Breen (abdominal wall strain) all missed the game due to injury.
The Flames conclude their four-game, seven-day road swing at the Pepsi Center when they take on the Colorado Avalanche (7 p.m. MT, SNET-W)